I just lost a close friend to this disease. She had been my college roommate over fifty years ago and had a brilliant mind. She moved across the country when she got married and we visited when we could, wrote and emailed when the technology arrived. Then a few years ago my letters went unanswered, as were my emails. I finally located her daughters on Facebook and they gave me the bad news that she was no longer aware of her world and could no longer even read, since her vision had changed. She died a few months ago. She had died to me long before that. Dementia cheats people of their relationships.
I had watched Kate on one of her visits to Los Angeles as she patiently answered her dad’s questions she had already answered several times. She explained that his short term memory was gone. I wondered then if she suspected this would also happen to her.
Her daughters are brilliant like their parents were. One daughter is in the natural health industry. The other is a White House news correspondent for one of the major east coast papers who has attended parties at the White House and been photographed with the President. I wonder if she’s ever afraid she will someday get the disease that killed her mother and grandfather.